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Rory McIlroy worked out with Tom Brady, Mannings at Augusta National

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Two titans of their respective sports teamed up last week as Rory McIlroy and Tom Brady enjoyed a round together on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, the site of the Masters.

Now comes word that not only did McIlroy golf with Brady during a two-day outing, he also happened upon the New England Patriots quarterback working out in Augusta National’s workout facilities before sunup. But Brady wasn’t the only NFL superstar in the gym enjoying a predawn workout. Peyton Manning and Eli Manning also were doing some predawn iron-pumping.

The Manning brothers apparently were at the exclusive course as guests — as was Brady — of Augusta National members, making for quite the out of the ordinary scene. The 25-year-old golfer, on the other hand, was an invited player to the tournament and was enjoying “unlimited access” to the course, according to ESPN’s Bob Harig.

McIlroy, apparently out of sorts by the surprising encounter, was left so impressed and humbled by the three quarterbacks’ dedication to staying in shape during their offseason, he apparently was shamed into ditching the gym and his workout altogether.

The No. 1 golfer in the world relayed his humbled reaction to happening upon the three NFL greats in the early morning after playing in the pro-am on Wednesday at Bay Hill, where he is playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“Friday morning, I got in the gym about 6,” McIlroy said. “Brady walked in at 6:15, and the Mannings walked in at 6:30. That was my time to leave.”

He then praised the quarterbacks for their offseason commitment to their careers.

“I was just surprised he [Brady] was in there; the Mannings, too. It’s their offseason. It was to see all those guys in the gym before their season starts. They’re so dedicated and committed to what they do, especially those two guys, Peyton and Tom, they’re both in their mid-30s and they want to prolong their careers as much as they can.

“To see them putting so much into it even after 15 successful years as a career and they’re still doing it — it was great for me to see, it was inspirational in some ways. … It was just nice to be in that little world for a couple of days and experience it.”

No word on whether or not McIlroy gave the guys any tips regarding how to expertly helicopter a golf club into a lake, nor is there any indication the quarterbacks razzed the golfer for being depicted as Michelangelo’s David on the cover of Golf Digest. If they didn’t, they sure missed an easy opportunity for a zinger.

(photo credit: Rory McIlroy/Facebook)